[Haskell-cafe] Hackage and Free Software

Francesco Ariis fa-ml at ariis.it
Tue Mar 3 15:25:54 UTC 2015

On Sun, Mar 01, 2015 at 12:17:17AM -0500, Gershom B wrote:
> For the record, the current behaviour is as follows.
> [..]
> It would be good to specify that we ask that OtherLicense indeed be
> another recognized open-source license. That said, I do not feel strongly
> about how much care we take to enforce this. We should definitely better
> document this and other elements of hackage policy, and I know
> discussions about that have in fact been underway.
> I agree that being able to filter Hackage packages on license and other
> considerations (say, build reports on various systems) would be a great
> feature. Some such improvements have been floated as GSoC projects. I
> would encourage those that feel strongly about such features to consider
> getting involved with development of the hackage server.

Thanks for the explanation Gershom. Hackage hacking is quite a mysterious
topic for me now, but I wrote a small cabal patch to encourage devs to
pick recognized free/open-source licenses.

[1] https://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/cabal-devel/2015-March/010019.html

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